Intelligent System for Abstraction and Integration of Instrumentation Hardware

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9302-05-M-1015
Agency Tracking Number: F051-314-3375
Amount: $99,991.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2005
Solicitation Year: 2005
Solicitation Topic Code: AF05-314
Solicitation Number: 2005.1
Small Business Information
KNOWLEDGE BASED SYSTEMS, INC.
1408 University Drive East, College Station, TX, 77840
DUNS: 555403328
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 RONALD FERNANDES
 Senior Research Scientist
 (979) 260-5274
 rfernandes@kbsi.com
Business Contact
 Donielle Mayer
Title: Business Operations Manager
Phone: (979) 260-5274
Email: dmayer@kbsi.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
KBSI proposes to design, develop, and deploy technologies to radically re-engineer how instrumentation and flight test engineers perform various design, validation, development, verification, and management of aircraft T&E instrumentation subsystem. Our focus is to use the concept of hardware abstraction for specifying, interconnecting, and testing various hardware components. In particular, we propose to develop the Instrumentation Hardware Abstraction Language (IHAL), an XML-based instrumentation hardware abstraction language that can support the definition of functional characteristics of any instrumentation subsystem at any functional or physical hierarchy as well as the physical, electrical, and protocol characteristics of digital interfaces among these components. We will also develop a prototype component-based Intelligent System for Abstraction and Integration of Instrumentation Hardware (ISAIIH) that will allow the user to specify an instrumentation system or subsystem in terms of IHAL. ISAIIH will also support the mixing and matching of existing COTS and GOTS hardware components based on their characteristics and the overall requirements of the required instrumentation that is being designed. Finally, we will demonstrate integration of ISAIIH components into commercial Instrumentation support systems and will document the methodological changes required by instrumentation engineers in using IHAL and ISAIIH.

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